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Autumn's Cranking

Nov 5 2003 / Wednesday

Besides getting a new tattoo on his wrist this past week, Mike Escamilla
has been working non-stop getting the Samurai video done in time for a premiere at the upcoming LG BMX championships in Pomona, California, November 19-20, 2003.

Taj Mihelich
joined in with the Halloween festivities in Austin this past week, which, for one reason or another, is one of the towns favorite holidays. The 9th Street trails have been heavily sessioned by Taj lately (with etnies teammate and good buddy, Sandy Carson) and one day the
trails were lit up for an evening session. Weird! Taj has been working a bunch, riding the T1 ramp also riding at the Skatepark of Austin with all the guys. Ride BMX
photographer Jeff Zielinski is in town to shoot photos of both. Taj is also winding-down on getting footage for an etnies commercial due out in a future Props
video magazine. The T1 guys are putting on a benefit jam on the ramp in back of the warehouse to raise some money for Austins only dilapidated vert ramp. The event is on November 9 at T1. Check out the T1 site.

Joe Rich
has been reveling in his time at home, getting into some kind of normality has been quite enjoyable for him. HeҒs been going into the office with Taj, riding the T1 ramp, riding the Skatepark of Austin, as well as riding his dirt bike a little while still trying to finish filming Taj for an upcoming etnies commercial in Props
video magazine.

Ruben Alcantara
was in England for the last etnies Backyard Jam of the year in Derby, where he crashed in qualifying, didnt make the finals and screwed-up his finger in the meantime (not too bad, just a little blood).
Ruben is back in Spain right now enjoying family time and hanging with his friends. HeҒll be back in Austin on November 17 before flying out to California for the LG BMX championships in Pomona, California November 19-20.

Edwin Delarosa
was in England for the last etnies Backyard Jam of the year in Derby a couple of weekends ago but is now back in the U.S., where hes riding with friends and shooting pictures with good friend, photographer extraordinaire Rob Dolecki, for an interview for Ride UK
coming soon. Edwin has also wrapped-up shooting footage for an upcoming etnies commercial to go in Props
video magazine.

Josh Stricker
was in England for the last etnies Backyard Jam in Derby two weekends ago, where he rode quite ғrelaxed and didnԒt make it through to the finals. Josh flew back to Pennsylvania, where he and his girl packed-up their things and moved out to New York. Josh has been riding with etnies team rider Edwin Delarosa.

Nate Wessel
has been healing-up nicely these past few months. He went on the Square One Tour this past week, where he and the rest of the team went to Philly; New Jersey (Incline Club); Rochester (X Dreams Skatepark); Rye Airfield in New Hampshire; some park in Massachusetts; East Coast Terminal in Bin
ghamton, New York; Section Eight in Ohio, as well as Chenga World skatepark in North Ridgeville, Ohio. The final stop was Studio 334 in Indiana. Nate is going to be pretty busy coming up here soon with a bunch of ramp building projects, including going to England to build a park at the new Seventies warehouse owned by etnies rider Ian Morris.

Jason Enns
has been working overtime with the coverage lately, check out his sixteen-page, plus awesome cover in the September Dig
, as well getting the cover of Novembers Transworld BMX.
Jason has had to put moving into his new house on hold since the current owners werenҒt able to move into their new place.

John Heaton
is currently freezing his nuts off in Toronto, trying to get some riding in (with little success) because of crappy weather. He is also paying regular visits to the chiropractor due to numerous falls to the back he took time and time again at the La Revolution in New York a while ago. John attended the last etnies Backyard Jam of the year in Derby, where he placed 14th in the finals, and also slammed repetitively on countless attempts at a flip to double peg on a rail.

Garrett Byrnes
was scheduled to attend the etnies Backyard Jam in Derby, England, but had to back out at the last minute because of his broken wrist that is currently in a cast. The weather has been relatively good in
Jersey, so Garrett has been out skateboarding a bunch and, when he feels up to it, riding his bike. In a couple of weeks, hes going to the doctor to see if his wrist has made any progress and to make sure that there is some bone growth. If there is not, then the doctor will have to make some kind of judgement call as to whether he will need surgery.

Sandy Carson
is back in Austin moving into his new apartment and has finally got a cell phone. He has been riding with etnies teammates Taj Mihelich and Joe Rich at the 9th street trails, as well as the T1 ramp and the Skatepark of Austin. Sandy is as always working on Dig BMX
magazine.

Dave Freimuth
attended the last etnies Backyard Jam of the year in Derby, England, where he placed a well-deserved 7th place with plenty of signature Dave Freimuth tech-style riding. Dave is currently in Florida at his good friend Chad DegrootҒs place, finishing up Baco 10
. When hes done there, he will be going home to finish-up the new Area 51 skatepark.


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